For the smoking enthusiast in your life: Savory Addictions. Gay and Craig Jones apply a spice mix and then wood-roast mixed nuts. The results are smokey, sweet and salty — a seriously grown-up version of bar nuts.
For the meat lover in your life: beef jerky from Dodge City Beef (11115 Johnson Drive, Shawnee). This is the kind of jerky that makes you believe that the entire concept of jerky needs to be rethought. You might not be able to rope a calf, but you can still feel like a cowboy for a few bites.
For the cook in your life: Walk into Pryde's Olde Westport (115 Westport Road). Tell them exactly how much you have to spend and whether the person in your life is a baker or a cook. Let them ask you a few questions about gadgets and what's in the kitchen currently (you'll have to do a bit of scouting). Then just follow the salesperson and buy whatever they suggest. It will not be the wrong choice. They will wrap it nicely. You will score major points with this gift. I have done this for more occasions than I would care to admit.
For those with a sweet tooth in your life: povitica. If you need to ship it and you want someone to have a taste of home, the Strawberry Hill Povitica Company is the way to go. If you're in town, Pallo Povitica offers free home delivery on orders over $25 and will be at the City Market this coming Saturday.
For anyone in your life: Grace's Best Sunflower Seed Cookies. It's the kind of throwback cookie we take for granted in today's modern world. You get a tiny bit of salt from the sunflower seeds and then oats and vanilla from the cookie underneath. The cookies made in Parkville are available at Hy-Vee, Cosentino's, McGonigle's, or online.